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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Ind. Decisions - 7th Circuit decides one Indiana case today

In Diane Ripberger v. Corizon, Inc. (SD Ind., Pratt), a 24-page opinion, Judge Rovner writes:

Diane Ripberger lost her job as a substance abuse counselor for the Indiana Department of Corrections (“IDOC”) when Corizon, Incorporated (“Corizon”) contracted with IDOC to provide counseling for Indiana prisoners. Ripberger sued Corizon, claiming sex discrimination and retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., and age discrimination and retaliation under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (“ADEA”), 29 U.S.C. § 621 et seq. The district court granted Corizon’s motion for summary judgment, and Ripberger appeals. For the reasons stated below, we affirm. * * *

As the district court noted, Ripberger was a qualified substance abuse counselor who was the unfortunate victim of a reduced workforce at the Pendleton facility when IDOC privatized its substance abuse counseling program. Regardless of how the evidence is viewed, it is simply insufficient to demonstrate any unlawful motivation behind Corizon’s failure to hire her. We thus affirm the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment to Corizon.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 10, 2014 06:58 PM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions